Stay on the move to discover new things
Frankfurt is not the first German city that springs to mind for a visit. The image is of the unattractive Manhattan-style bank quarter but the city actually has some charming areas, as I discovered when I hired a bike.
Number one at being number one
With Berlin isolated in the Soviet Bloc after World War II, the split in Germany made Frankfurt the new center of the country.
Friedrichshain: the ultimate fusion of all things Berlin
With chic Prenzlauer Berg to the north and alternative Kreuzberg to the south, the former working-class neighborhood of Friedrichshain combines a bit of both.
Following the Lieder in Frankfurt
Franktfurt may have a reputation, like many German cities, for being boring. But can you try too hard to be edgy?
Amid the memory of past horror, a present of kindness
It doesn’t matter how many times you visit museums and memorials which commemorate genocide, any genocide. The sense of disbelief at humanity’s ability to destroy and divide is overwhelming.
Driving the world's one and only car in Berlin
I am following Nicolas Aimar, a charismatic Frenchman who has lived in Berlin since the Wall came down. From his Trabi (Trabant, East Germany's signature car in GDR days) up ahead, his expert commentary on the city’s history is piped through to me on the radio – the pinnacle of the onboard gadgetry.
Want the best view of Berlin? Go up here
Once the Berlin wall went up, the German Democratic Republic (GDR) was intent on showing the world – and its own citizens – that it had kudos. The Fernsehturm TV tower on Alexanderplatz in Mitte, which still dominates the Berlin skyline, is the highest structure in Germany (taller even than the Eiffel Tower) and built in 1969 as a symbol of GDR power and status.
The sound of music on the former ‘death strip’?
It’s not always tuneful, but Sunday afternoon karaoke is a Mauerpark institution on what was once the ‘death strip’.
How to turn a polluted river into a pool
Berlin is known for its creativity and innovation. So it should come as no surprise that the hull of a recycled cargo ship doubles up as a cool poolside venue on the River Spree.
Berlin’s secret rooftop restaurant – with free politics
With the reunification of Germany, Berlin replaced Bonn as the official capital and, in 1999, the German Bundestag (parliament) moved back into the rebuilt Reichstag, which stands in Mitte, a central neighborhood in Berlin.